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The Strategic Cost Model is now the Strategic Cost and Price Model


The Strategic Cost and Price Model - 2019 - revision 03 is now available with extensive process, material and fab updates and new features. BUY NOW!


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The IC Knowledge - Strategic Cost and Price Model takes the top three companies in each of four segments and provides a detailed look at all of their current and past processes on 300mm and forward forecasts out to the next decade.


Specifically the model covers: DRAM - Samsung, Micron and SK Hynix, Foundry - TSMC, Global Foundries, Samsung, IDM Logic - Intel MPU and ST Micro, NAND - Samsung, SK Hynix, Toshiba, and Intel-Micron for 2D and 3D NAND, 3D XPoint for Intel-Micron..


In each case we present a detailed introduction date, general process's details, process flows in order, pitch by layer and node, mask layers, multi patterning usage and total masks. Process blocks, pitch and multi patterning can be edited for each case.


For each target company and process every 300mm fab they have is predefined so that if you juts pick a fab the fab details and supported processes are pre defined (although you can override them) and detailed outputs of equipment and materials requirements are provided.


Supported processes

The Model supports DRAM out to 12 nm, Foundry out beyond 3.5nm, NAND in 2D out to 15nm/16nm as well as 3D to 256 layers and 3D XPoint to 8 layers..


Supported wafer sizes

300mm and 450mm


Supported cost elements

Wafer cost and price. No packaging or test.


Who should buy this product

The IC Knowledge - Strategic Cost and Price Model - is in use at many IDMs, Consortia, Materials companies and OEMS forward projecting markets and costs as the industry implements the ITRS and 450mm,.


Latest revision updates


  • Model - NA
  • Processes - Updated MT and SKH 1y and 1z DRAM processes. Updated DRAM roadmap. Added 3D NAND processes, MT 128L, Intel 144L, SKH 96, 128 and 176L. Updated STTMRAM module name to eMRAM to reflect what the module really is. Updated process data for GF and SS FDSOI processes. Updated transistor density for VSRAM. Changed Toshiba NAND processes to Kioxia. Fixed errors in local Ru interconnect and CFET process modules. Updated Samsung 18FDS introduction date. Updated TSMC 3nm and 2nm logic processes. Updated TSMC 7FF+ and added 6FF. Fixed an error in mask counts for Logic processes with aluminum interconnect. Added EUV dose to each process for EUV throughput calculations.
  • NGL - NA
  • Equipment - Added Ion Beam Etcher for MRAM. Changed EUV throughput to be based on machine characteristics and dose for each process. Fixed an error in the litho tool upgrade calculations.
  • Materials - Updated reticle description from cost to price to more accurately reflect the values.
  • Labor - NA
  • Yield - Added alternate yield models to the 'DieYield' sheet.
  • Facilities - Fixed an error in the facility cost calculation that effected fabs where a large cleanroom is built initially and then filled with equipment over time.
  • Fabs - Updated Intel Fab 42. Updated 3D NAND Fabs to include the new 3D NAND processes listed above. Updated Kioxia fab capacities. Split Kioxia fabs 4, 5 and 6 into 2 phases each. Changed Toshiba fabs to Kioxia. Split Micron Fab 6 into two parts, DRAM and Flash. Updated TSMC fab capacities. Updated Intel Fab capacities and added new planned Israel fab. Updated TSMC fabs 10nm and 7nm allocations.


System Requirements

The Model runs inside of Microsoft Excel and requires the user to have Excel 2010 or higher installed on their computer. There are are known compatibility issues with Excel 2007 and Open Office and any third party Excel compatible product.


Model Cost and How to Buy

A single user license allows one user on one computer and is $5,500, an enterprise license allowing an unlimited number of users at a company is $15,000. The model may be purchased at a discount on-line with a credit card here or you may email or fax us a purchase order with 30 day terms. The model is delivered by email within a few hours of our receiving an order. The model cost includes twelve months of updates plus twelve months of reasonable levels of phone and email support. A Web Ex training session is available on request. Renewal costs at the end of twelve months are discounted 1/3 off the current prices.


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